Paddling and Current Situation.

Hi Folks,
with the easing of the lockdown and the ability to be able to paddle please please remember as per the guidance from the government and the BCU please heed the social distancing guidelines.

Paddling can take place alone, or with others from the same household, or with no more than one other person from outside of the household. Paddlers must practice social distancing at all times and maintain a distance apart of at least 2 metres. People from different households should not travel in the same car. Paddlers should aim to avoid busy areas and take great care to maintain social distancing at access and egress points.
Safety and paddling well within capabilities; Only competent and experienced paddlers should be on the water independently. Paddlers are reminded that they are entirely responsible for their own safety at all times and that currently the resources of the waterways authorities and the emergency services are very limited. Paddlers should take care to make responsible decisions, paddle in familiar locations, and favourable conditions.

Yesterday afternoon according to one of the locals there were about 20 paddlers on the water. These were not all Club members, some will have paddled down to or up to the site. But in the eyes of passers by canoeists did not appear to be social distancing so please take care  as we don’t want any unnecessary bad publicity….saying that enjoy your time on or in the water that you have in the coming weeks…..

New Year. Dues. Pool

To a new year of paddling.

Membership fees are due. Please send the signed form to address on the form, we still need the signed for even if your details remain unchanged. Alternately bring to the pool, if you bring your form to a pool session ensure the payment and form are in an envelope so the monies don’t get mixed up with the pool fees.


Next batch of pool sessions dates being sorted.

See you at the pool. See you on the river at some point.

Remember talking about paddling isn’t paddling, only paddling is paddling. Dont wait for others for permission or to organise! Go paddle.


13th June – Cressage to Ironbridge – Sure to finish with running the rapids for those that enjoy that sort of thing!

Shropshire Wildlife Trust’s ‘Love Your magnificent Severn 2018’ tour – the big litter grab.

We will be linking to the marine plastics campaign and will be litter picking from canoe – we are also inspiring Shropshire Wildlife Trust branches to do their own litter pick on a stretch of water near to them. We have teamed up with Marine Conservation Society and will be recording what we collect to feed into their data sets. This will help us understand what plastic comes from where in the marine environment – the best evidence suggests that 80% of marine waste enters via rivers.

We will also be reusing plastic bottles to make a completely recycled canoe, just like this! Telford Canoe Club Members would be very welcome to join us on the tour, get in touch with Luke Neal River Projects Officer, 01743 284 275;

Club Members would be very welcome to join us on the tour, get in touch with Luke Neal River Projects Officer, 01743 284 275;

Slalom Come and Try It 23rd June

Slalom come and try it.

On the weekend of Jun 23/Jun 24, on the Saturday evening any members/local paddlers who wish to pop along and use the course and try their hand are more than welcome. Time to pop down will be published closer to the time when we know the last run of the day.

The course is usually prepared for the Sunday (different course Saturday and Sunday) by 5pm and free practice after that.
Simple sport to improve river running and boat skills.
Simple but not easy.

Ironbridge Slalom June 23/24

Its that time of year again.

This is a great event which helps with club funds and a great insight into the racing aspect of our sport.

Keep the dates free in the diary!!

Course is erected Friday and then help is needed especially on Friday afternoon/pm and then Saturday and Sunday mornings and then breaking down the course/packing away on the Sunday afternoon.

More to follow nearer the time.

Sea Kayaking Paddle

We have been contacted by the BCU region regards the event as detailed below, maybe of use to those with an interest in the sea.



The WM RDT will organise a two day Sea Kayaking Paddle, on Anglesey, over the weekend on 1-2 Sep 18.  The event is primarily open to those kayakers who have access to their own Sea Kayaks, or to those current paddlers who would like to try Sea Kayaking.  This is not suitable for those individuals who have no previous kayaking experience.

RV Location  The provisional plan is for individuals to travel independently, or in small groups, and meet on Anglesey at Anglesey Outdoors, near Porthdarfarch, Holyhead (LL65 2LP) on Friday evening 31 Aug.

Accommodation   Individuals should make their own accommodation arrangements.  Self-catering accommodation and/or camping can be booked through Anglesey Outdoors direct, either online, or by phone (01407 769351).  Prices range from £22 for a dormitory bed or if camping £7 per person, per night.  Individuals may of course wish to make other arrangements, should sharing a bunk room, or camping not appeal.  All feeding arrangements over the weekend are an individual’s own responsibility.

Attendance  This is not a Sea Symposium event and places are limited, on a first come first served basis, as indicated below:

Grouping   It is planned to split the party into two or possibly three activity/experience groups:

Group 1  – Paddlers with Sea Kayaking experience and with their own or a borrowed/hired Sea Kayak, will conduct some initial refresher safety training, followed by a series of exploration trips on the Saturday and Sunday.  (Max Nos  12 -All paddlers attend at their own risk)

Group 2 – Paddlers with limited, or no Sea Kayaking experience, who have a borrowed/hired Sea Kayak will conduct a series of introduction and safety training sessions, followed by a series of shorter coastal trips, depending on weather, sea state and group ability.  (Max Nos 12 based on a Instuctor:Student 1:6 ratio)

Group 3 – Paddlers who just want to paddle their own existing canoe/kayak on the sea in relatively sheltered conditions, with the possible opportunity to try different sea boats. (Max Nos 12 based on a Instructor:Student 1:6 ratio)

Sea Kayak Hire   We will be investigating the possibility of loaning demo Sea Kayaks for those Application Form who need them.  Sea Kayak Hire is also available from ‘Summit to Sea’, who are based on Anglesey.  I will advise those individuals, who want to loan/hire boats, on confirmation of booking, or when they contact me for further details.  Individuals are free to make their own kayak hire arrangements if they wish to do so.

Individual Costs    All accommodation/camping costs and Sea kayak/equipment hire charges are to be met by individuals.  There is a small BC administrative fee of £15 per person, to cover Coach expenses, Trailer Hire and admin costs.

Application  Applications should be forwarded on the attached proforma to Charlie Miller, Shropshire ACR, who will stream individuals into one of the three groups, on a first come-first served basis, and confirm their places accordingly.

If you have any queries then please contact me on 07800 764608 or via email


Charlie Miller

Area Coaching representative


Membership 2018

Evening folks,

Membership is due.

I know some of you are forgetful and wit will have slipped your minds, but I WILL be changing the gate code on the 31st March (i.e. this weekend).

All of those members who have already renewed will have received or should be receiving imminently your new card and the gate code.


PS Please remember to send an SAE in with your signed form and payment.



Mark Lowndes

TCC Membership Secretary